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In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism

In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Former Middle East correspondent for The Australian John Lyons is right that objectivity doesn't come easy when reporting from Israel (Media, 31/7). His explanation for the claim, however, is not that information is harder to obtain in a conflict zone or that agendas are often opaque, but that Lyon

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Modi in Israel

Modi in Israel Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Narendra Modi made history in the first week of July as the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel. The visit reflects the rapidly growing warm ties between the two democratic nations, as they seek greater cooperation on a range of issues including trade, defence, tourism, agriculture a

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A blessing and a curse

A blessing and a curse Categories: Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This month marks 50 years since the Six Day War - which is pivotal to understanding the modern Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While it did not start that conflict, which began with Arab rejection of Israel's existence prior to its establishment in 1948, it has drawn the map from

After N Korea, don't forget Iran

After N Korea, don't forget Iran Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Shmuel Levin

As North Korea once again comes to the fore of the world's conscious, the lesson should be clear. What matters is not short-term talk, deal, and negotiations, but whether Iran's long-term ambitions have changed. For now, this does not seem to be the case. And, if this is allowed to fester, the long

Australia has been a good friend to Israel

Australia has been a good friend to Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Australia has been a good friend to Israel since before the establishment of the Jewish state. The friendship has transcended partisan politics, and been enhanced and promoted by successive leaders of both nations. Against this conducive backdrop, last week's historic first visit by Prime Minister

Bibi's visit and the ties that bind

Bibi's visit and the ties that bind Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

AS Australia prepares to welcome the first ever visit by an Israeli Prime Minister, cooperation and dialogue between our two nations have never been stronger. It's a record of friendship over a hundred years that few countries can match - marked by shared democratic and egalitarian values, common c

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End the Madness over Jerusalem

End the Madness over Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The City of Jerusalem, holy to the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths, is known to cause its own particular kind of madness. About 50 foreign visitors to the city a year experience what is known as "Jerusalem Syndrome" - psychotic delusions that they are biblical figures or harbingers of Armageddo

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